The vineyard: makes part of our main vineyard in Monforte d’Alba (Vigna Chiesa). It was planted by us in 2013 replacing a mix varieties experimental vineyard. The hill faces West, the soil is predominantly clayy but with a fair percentage of sand and gray tuff. The 2016 was its first year of production.
The variety: widely planted in the past in Liguria and Piedmont (Alba and Mondovì). Actually its growing area is limited to the counties of Sinio, Roddino & Monforte d’Alba. One can still find some old vines in a vineyard in Cinque Terre (Liguria). The name is due to the intense amber or rather dark pink colour of the skin when the ripe berry is exposed to the sun.
The wine: a surprise (even for us) given the spontaneous malolactic fermentation that shoudln’t happen as a rule but did as the vat was placed in a heated hall in order to avoid stuck fermentation. Finally the yeast was not able to eat up everything so it left behind 2,6 g/l of all natural residual sugar. The freshness and floral fragrance are due to the Incrocio Manzoni.
The name: there’s a XIVthsup> century decree issued by the counts Alfieri who owned Magliano, now part of the Roero area, for a long time. This document explicitly prohibits the use of hedgehogs as part of their vassals’ diet. In the cited paper those animals were named “cyrogrillos”.
The label: a slightly nervous hedgehog, disturbed by the sudden gastronomic interest towards its humble personality that tries to hide beneath some flowers form the hungry Maglianians.